Cole Sprouse says he felt a 'constant pressure' to provide for his family

While audiences were marveling at how adorable Cole Sprouse and his twin brother Dylan were as little kids in Adam Sandler’s hit movie Big Daddy and the ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire, the young actors themselves were having less than a good time.

“Many of the jobs we were taking were the things that were keeping my small family afloat, so there was this constant pressure to secure jobs, which in turn were money,” Sprouse, who currently plays Jughead on the CW’s Riverdale, says in the March 2019 issue of GQ.

After a while, he needed a break from sets, and so, like child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Natalie Portman and many others before him, Sprouse went to college. He studied archaeology at New York University and began working as a photographer on the side, before returning to acting for his Riverdale role.

Sprouse made a mention of his rumored girlfriend, co-star Lili Reinhart, but he stayed mysterious for the most part.

“It’s not something that we hide, or it’s not something that we show off,” he tells the magazine of his much speculated about relationship with Reinhart. “It’s just something that exists.”

He’s not so private, though, that he never shares anything with his millions of followers: 9.4 million-plus on Twitter and a whopping 22.6 million on Instagram.

“I think social media and the Internet reward extremes,” he tells the magazine. “I’m a firm believer that a lot of that experimentation should be done in private. Ultimate privacy.”

His next big public moves include starring in new episodes of Riverdale, when the fan favorite’s third season returns Feb. 29, and the drama film Five Feet Apart, set to be released on March 15.

GQ‘s March 2019 issue hits newsstands Feb. 19.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Dylan Sprouse attends the 'Patti Cake$' New York Premiere at The Metrograph on August 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Dylan Sprouse attends the 'Patti Cake$' New York Premiere at The Metrograph on August 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Dylan Sprouse is seen on August 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Janet Mayer/Star Max/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 02: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Actor Dylan Sprouse attends the 'Carte Blanche' cast dinner and reception at the Chateau Marmont on August 2, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Blake and White Films)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Actor Dylan Sprouse attends Katsuya Brentwood Celebrates A Decade on June 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Katsuya)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: (L-R)Dylan and Cole Sprouse attend The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival After Party Of Gia Coppola's Palo Alto, Hosted By Farfetch At Up&Down on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)
CINCINNATI,OH - AUGUST 12: Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse of the hit show 'The Suite Life of Zach and Cody' pose for a picture with Orlando Hudson #1 of the San Diego Padres before the game between the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds on August 12, 2011 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Padres 5-3. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Dylan Sprouse, Joey Paul Jensen and Cole Sprouse attend master workshop as CTA/Starlight Foundation honor Dylan & Cole Sprouse at Cochrane Theatre on January 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
SO RANDOM! - Episode 319 - An all-new episode of 'So Random!,' premiering MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (7:30-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel with guest stars Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse plus a special appearance by Debby Ryan. (Photo by Randy Holmes/Disney Channel via Getty Images) DYLAN SPROUSE, COLE SPROUSE
Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse teach a master workshop as CTA/Starlight Foundation honor Dylan & Cole Sprouse at Cochrane Theatre on January 29, 2011 in London, England.
Cole Sprouse teaches master workshop as CTA/Starlight Foundation honor Dylan & Cole Sprouse at Cochrane Theatre on January 29, 2011 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: (l-r) Actors Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse during their Master Workshop on acting, hosted by Celebrity Talent Academy and Starlight Childrens Foundation at the Cochrane Theatre on January 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
J MICHAEL ARNOLDI/�2010 RAMEY PHOTO Cuilver City, California, November 13, 2010 Disney stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse create their own custom shake' at Millions of Milkshakes in Culver City. Dylan is wearing the multi-colored sweater and Cole is wearing the open grey sweater. S4S (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
J MICHAEL ARNOLDI/�2010 RAMEY PHOTO Cuilver City, California, November 13, 2010 Disney stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse create their own custom shake' at Millions of Milkshakes in Culver City. Dylan is wearing the multi-colored sweater and Cole is wearing the open grey sweater. S4S (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actors Dylan Sprouse (L) and Cole Sprouse attend the launch of their celebrity shake at Milliions of Milkshakes on November 13, 2010 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
PAIR OF TWINS - Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse (both from 'The Suite Life on Deck'), Mitchel Musso and Doc Shaw (both from Disney XD's 'Pair of Kings') participated in some friendly 'twin' competition while shooting some new on-air spots that will begin airing WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 during two all new episodes of 'The Suite Life on Deck' and 'Pair of Kings.' (Photo by Rick Rowell/Disney XD via Getty Images) DYLAN SPROUSE, MITCHEL MUSSO
THE SUITE LIFE MOVIE - Television's popular teen twins Zack and Cody, the longest running continuous characters on Disney Channel, are at the center of the comedy and adventure in the third iteration of their powerhouse 'Suite Life' franchise, in 'The Suite Life Movie' premiering FRIDAY, MARCH 25 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), as part of the hugely successful Disney Channel Original Movie franchise. Reprising their series roles are Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse, who also executive-produce the movie, Brenda Song (of the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated film 'The Social Network'), Debby Ryan, Matthew Timmons and Phill Lewis.(Photo by Ed Araquel/Disney Channel via Getty Images)DYLAN SPROUSE
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